50th Annual Religious Arts Festival | Jan. 31 - Feb. 7, 2021
COMFORT, CONNECTION, AND HEALING
The 50th Annual Religious Arts Festivals brings world-class services, programs and artists to your home during our virtual week-long program.
The Fine Arts Committee offers these programs as a gift to the community and encourages you to invite your friends. All events are free, with the exception of the Thursday Banquet-in-a-Box, which requires advance reservations.
For further information about the Festival, please call the Music Office at 205 933-3700.
Sunday, Jan. 31
Service of Comfort and Healing | 4 pm
Vocal and instrumental music of various types will surround you as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the sanctuary with candles and religious iconry. The service will be developed with, and led by, former IPC Executive Associate Pastor Lucy Turner.
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 1-2
Sacred Spaces of Birmingham | 7 pm
Zachary Simon presents video interviews and scenes of these beautiful and important places of worship: 16th Street Baptist Church, St. Mary's on the Highlands Episcopal Church, Cathedral of St. Paul, and Temple Emmanu-El.
Thursday, Feb. 4
Join friends virtually with your own “Banquet-in-a-Box,” a comfort meal prepared by Kim Martin. Pre-orders are available for pickup Thursday afternoon between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. After dinner, log in to watch “Anne and Emmett,” a William Carey University Theatre production about Anne Frank and Emmett Till.
It is a very serious, powerful, and poignant look at the Jewish atrocities of WWII as juxtaposed with the lynching of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi, in 1955. 90 minutes. The play is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mississippi Humanities Council, and is nominated for national awards.
Virtual Meal | 6:30 pm
Watch Online Program » | 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 5
Duo Guitar Concert | 7 pm
Nataša Klasinc-Loncˇar and Miroslav Loncˇar from Croatia
Livestream & Limited In-Person Attendance
Nataša Klasinc-Lončar and Miroslav Lončar formed their duo at the University of Graz, Austria, where they both studied the classical guitar with Marga Bäuml and Martin Myslivecek. They received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Klasinc & Lončar were winners of the Best Guitar Duo prize at the International Guitar Competition Toyoko Yamashita in Berlin. The duo has been performing internationally for over thirty years and has been featured as soloists with the Gaudeamus Chamber Orchestra, the Karlovac Chamber Orchestra, and the Split Opera Chamber Orchestra in Croatia; with the Camerata Academica in Austria; and with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. Due to ongoing pandemic precautions, in-person attendance is currently limited to 50 attendees. Reservations and masks are required for each person in your party.
Sunday, Feb. 7
Chamber Music Concert: Glimpses of Grief and Glee | 4 pm
featuring Amy McLelland & friends (violinist Daniel Szasz, cellist Warren Samples, vocalists, and percussion)
Livestream and Limited In-Person Attendance
Glimpses of Grief and Glee is a concert and multi-media experience of original chamber music composed by Amy Aberg McLelland, NCTM. As a musical journey through common emotions many of us are experiencing during these challenging times—from cabin fever and a desire to travel; to fear, grief, hope, and faith—the program will also feature the debut of a commissioned poem by Elinor Ann Walker. Additionally, the concert will afford employment to professional musicians and members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra who have seen a reduction in work due to pandemic restrictions. Due to ongoing pandemic precautions, in-person attendance is currently limited to 50 attendees. Reservations and masks are required for each person in your party.